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Cincinnati Union Station Diamond Anniversary

We at TFA  despise nostalgia.

It must have been those too few occasions when I arrived aboard the Pan American that provoked me to add this festive note. Yes, the grandest of all rail passenger terminals – a living work of art is having a special birthday.

In the spirit of modern rail transportation, which includes both “corridor” service and overnight trains, it is worthwhile to remember that portion of our American birthright which has been stolen by greedy highway and airport special interests.

A Cincinnati rail passenger hub would occupy the center of a vibrant region with service extending to the Midwest, east coast and southern cities. Check out links at your right for The Ohio Hub and the Midwest High Speed Rail Association.

Here is a calendar of events and the entire report runs in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

March 29-30: Diamond Jubilee Kick-Off Weekend includes performances by the Singing Trainmen, High Steel tours into the rafters above the rotunda, opening of an exhibit on the terminal and its history, collection of oral histories, screenings of the 1981 WCET documentary “Died Young,” activities for kids and the time capsule opening ceremony (March 30).

April 14: Organist Gerre Hancock and the May Festival Chorus perform.

May 23: Free Friday gets you into all museums 4-8 p.m. except for the Omnimax and “Bodies” exhibit.

June 6: Union Terminal in the 1940s recreates the heyday with a comprehensive tour that includes a visit to the outdoor train platforms, ornate offices of the terminal’s president, a look at the USO and other amenities that would have been offered soldiers, an interpreted visit to the World War II exhibit, presentations in Newsreel Theater and a 1940s style lunch from a ’40s menu.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

One Response

  1. Steve says:

    I’m from Cincinnati, and my first visit inside was as a teenager in the mid 80’s to see Psycho, which was playing in a small theater in the Terminal. I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but it is truly a glorious piece of architecture.

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